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Local wordsmiths, as well as those who have a love for the spoken word, are invited to pop into the SnowDome Coffee Bar, March 12, for Open Mic Poetry Night.

The evening, organized by the Jasper Municipal Library and Habitat for the Arts, is a lead up to Poetry Month, which is annually celebrated in April.

The winning poet will receive an honorarium and the opportunity to read their piece in front of council, as well as have it published in the Fitzhugh.

“This is a great opportunity for our poets and word artists,” said Marianne Garrah of the Habitat.

Poets hoping to compete must first register at the library.

The evening of wordplay begins at 7 p.m., and everyone is welcome, whether they’re there to listen or read.

And for those who have material coming out the ying-yang, the library is hosting another opportunity for Jasperites to share their work. To further its celebration of Poetry Month, it is hosting the annual Patron’s Choice Poetry Contest, beginning March 31.

Jasperites are invited to submit up to three poems between March 31 and April 12. Those poems will then be on display at the library from April 14 to 26. During that time, patrons of the library will be invited to read the submitted works and pick their favourite.

The winner of the contest will be announced on April 28 and will be awarded $50 from the Friends of the Library. They will also be encouraged to read their winning entry during the May 1st Open Mic Poetry Night, again located at the SnowDome Coffee Bar.

Nicole Veerman
editor@fitzhugh.ca

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